For whatever reason one of the most common fears that adults have is that going to the dentist. It stems from a bad experience that they had as a child, but there are many adults that still avoid the dentist at all costs without ever having a logical reason to do so. If you are one of the many people that have a fear or anxiety when it comes to visiting your family dentist, do not worry, you are not alone! Fortunately, most modern dentists
get special training on how to handle patients with dental anxiety.
This is helpful once you get into the examination chair, but it does not do anything to help you make that first step of making the appointment. Here are a few techniques that you can use to help you remain calm while you are at the dentist and also make make you feel better about the idea of going to the dentist.
- first do not be afraid to talk about your dental anxiety while you are making the appointment.. If you feel at all uncomfortable like be person you are speaking to on the phone is not being sensitive to your situation, then you do not have to go to the dentist. Find another one that is going to be more receptive to your concerns..
- Take someone with you to your first appointment. This could be a family member or even a friend that you trust. They do not have to go with you into the examination if you do not want them to but they can be there for moral support.
- Come prepared to the appointment. Bring things with you they can occupy your mind while you were getting your teeth cleaned. This could be something as simple as earbuds and an audiobook that you downloaded, a movie or music you can listen to or even a stress ball that you can squeeze. Many family and cosmetic dentists also come prepared with TVs that they can put on above you to watch while they work on your teeth, but do not assume that that will be there.
- Meditate. Try different breathing techniques while you are in the chair. One family dentist recommends pointing and flexing your feet, first wanted to time then simultaneously, and then opposite of each other (in other words, point one foot while flexing the other.)
- Do not be afraid to take a break. If you are starting to fell anxiety creating up on you, do not try to stick it out. Tell the dentist that you need to take a break. You can stand up, stretch your arms, walk around the building or even go outside for minute until you calm down.
- Do not be too hard on yourself. If you find that you were not able to make it through the entire appointment, try not to come down on yourself too hard. If you picked a good family dentist then they will understand and will schedule you for a second appointment so that they can finish your cleaning.